2003: The Year of the Cougar
It was the year when women over a certain age smiled knowingly and men under a certain age learned a thing or two.
Demi Moore began dating Ashton Kutcher—more than 15 years her junior—to much hoo-ha. Mira Sorvino met and got engaged to Chris Backus, who's 14 years younger than she. And Cameron Diaz began dating nine-years-younger Justin Timberlake.
Not content to be left on the sidelines, young twentysomething lasses like Drew Barreymore also got in on the game. It was in 2003 that she was rumored to be engaged to five-years-younger Fabrizio Moretti of The Strokes.
And of course, it was in 2003 that Samantha Jones of Sex and the City finally became a one-man woman (at least for a while), when she began her affair with the handsome, half-her-age actor Smith Jerrod.
2004: The Year of the Sex Tape
Pam Anderson may have started it way back in 1998, but homemade sex tapes didn't really become the rage until 2004, when the Paris Hilton-Rick Salomon sex tape 1 Night In Paris was conveniently released at the same time that Paris's new show The Simple Life debuted.
More amateur sex tapes quickly followed. Survivor's Jenna Lewis and her husband Travis Wolfe starred in one. In another, Severina Vuckovic, a Croation pop star who promoted abstinence, got down with a married man. Wrestlers Joanie Laurer (Chyna) and her then-fiance Sean Waltman (X-Pac) released their own sex tape, which played off on the title of Paris's tape: 1 Night In China.
And even little 17-year-old Carrie Prejean, the future Miss California, got in on the action in 2004, filming a solo sex tape that eventually made her more (in)famous than she already was when it was leaked in late 2009.
Three words to sum up the year 2004 in sex: Damn you, Paris.